Ireland has an extensive road system due to the large rural population that exists. As you travel in Ireland, you are surrounded by breathtaking scenery, peaceful countryside and many destinations to explore. Most sights and attractions are a short distance from wherever you are because of the small size of this island nation. Remember, in Ireland, traffic travels on the left hand side of the road.
To rent a car in Ireland, you must be at least 23 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 2 years. Drivers age 25 and under may incur a fee locally. Some of our suppliers have maximum age restrictions as well, this will be noted in the terms & conditions if applicable to the car you have selected. Child seats are mandatory for children up to age 3.
Speed limits in Ireland are as follows: City 30mph/45kph Open Roads 60mph/95kph Highways 70mph/110kph
Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the left and passing is on the right. You should turn left when entering a traffic circle. The pedals on manual transmission cars are in the same order as manual transmission cars in the United States. Renters age 76-79 must prov
In Ireland the following require you to pay a toll: M1, M4, East Link Bridge and West Link Bridge. Toll amounts are dependent on the vehicle category and can range from $2-$12 USD.
Most cities have meters or ?pay and display parking. You will need to buy a ticket for a specific amount of time and display it on your windshield. Parking where there is a double yellow line is prohibited.
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental. Ireland has a strict insurance coverage policy and will not accept certain credit cards for insurance purposes.
All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. Our inclusive rates also provide collision and theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. You may elect to decline collision and theft coverage. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.
The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in Ireland.
Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance offers unlimited coverage in case of death or injury to people outside rental car and covers up to US$1,560,000 for damage to property outside of the rental car.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in our inclusive rates at a discount. CDW, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$15 - US$50 per day. Theft protection, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$5 - US$8 per day. CDW and theft protection reduces the deductible (responsibility of the client) to US$1100 - US$2735, depending on the vehicle type. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the deductible. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.
Most car categories can be driven anywhere in Ireland and taken on a short trip to Northern Ireland without restriction. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.
Cars rented in the Republic of Ireland can be taken to Northern Ireland free of charge as long as the renter does not hold a Northern Ireland drivers license. Cars rented in Ireland can travel to the United Kingdom for an additional fee, but cannot be taken to the European continent.
Domestic one-way car rentals are available between select locations, additional fees may apply. The only international one-way rental available is to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Additional fees may apply and not all vehicles are available.